Minimum Wage: FG To Address Agitation For Increase |The Republican News

                                                  SGF, Boss Mustapha

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja


The Federal Government on Sunday said it would soon address the agitation for the upward review of the national minimum wage in a manner that will make workers and all Nigerians smile.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made the promise in his remarks at the 22nd Choir Anniversary of the Christ Apostolic Church, Living Water DCC Headquarters, Abuja, tagged “Bless the Lord, O my soul.”

Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Office of the SGF, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, said the present administration was sensitive to the plight and wishes of the masses.

He said, “While this administration is determined to bring our nation to self-sufficiency and self-reliance, it is also sensitive to the plight and wishes of the Nigerian masses.

“I assure Nigerians that the recent agitation for upward review in the national minimum wage will soon be addressed in such a way that not only Nigerian workers will smile, but the entire nation will be better for it.”

Mustapha also admitted that Nigeria needed prayers and supports of churches at this time in the nation’s history more than any other time.

He said while government was working hard to address the nation’s challenges, the church should continue to assist the government with prayers.

The SGF added, “As I sincerely appreciate your prayers of the past which have helped us this far, I wish to reiterate that this government, more than ever before, needs the prayers and support of churches and well-meaning citizens.

“I, therefore, call on the church to add more oil to its lamp of prayer and praise while government is working hard to perfect on restoration of security, peace and economic prosperity.

“I have no doubt that with the indomitable weapons of prayer and praise like what we are gathering here today to do, the walls of corruption, insecurity and economic challenges will be brought down and our nation shall possess its possessions.”

Mustapha also urged Christians to take part actively in the forthcoming elections by getting their Permanent Voter Cards and voting for leaders of their choice.

He said if they failed to elect leaders of their choice, others would elect their choices to lead them.

“The Church is not expected to sit back or fold their arms and watch others elect leaders for them.

“I call on all believers to rise to their constitutional responsibilities as patriots during the forthcoming general elections and exercise their franchise.

“If you don’t go out to elect the leader of your choice, others will elect theirs to lead you,” he added.

Pastor Ifiok Abia, in his sermon titled ‘The accomplishment of praise and worship,’ assured Christians that as they sang praises to God, the host of heaven would defend the country.

Abia expressed the conviction that the numerous vices currently bedevilling the country would soon be erased.   (Punch)

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Absence Of Both Buhari, Osinbajo At May Day Rally Cause Disruption By Workers

 By Ike A. Offor

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Workers chanting right in front of Adam Oshiohmole

The national Workers Day celebration in Abuja was disrupted for about an hour by workers who have barred government officials represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige from delivering government speeches.

The pandemonium at eagles square occurred as a speech by the permanent secretary, ministry of labour and employment who is reportedly representing the minister that is seated right in front of her in the gathering.

The workers insisted the minister must speak for himself. It was claimed that the minister was representing the President and so, should speak in that capacity.

The workers asked where is the vice president to address them?  Both President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice Prof. Yemi Osinbajo were missing from the very important rally to promote workers Day and the relationship between labour and the government. 
 The situation was highly embarrassing for all the government representatives and ministers who attended the rally.
The Senate president, Sen. Bukola Saraki and speaker house of reps, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara seem to have enjoyed the drama as they sat calmly in their seats watching with great enthusiasm.
Oshiomole, on his own volition, drew the anger of the crowd when he grabbed the microphone and took the centre stage in clear effort to calm down the workers. Then, the workers started chanting what sounded like a clear sports hooligan’s tone only found in premier league with the wordings so loud and clear enough to deliver a clear message to him. He was visibly regretting why he intervened or attended the historic event.
The Former governor, Adam Oshiomhole, himself was a labour leader before venturing into politics. He perhaps thought that his presence would calm things down, but it didn’t.
The worker shouted about minimum wage and the economic hardship with the prices of domestic foodstuff skyrocketing while the value of Naira falls and the minimum wage remained the same.

Even attempts by the former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole did not save the situation as he was also stopped by workers chanting “we no go gree.” Some shouted Ole, Olee -meaning thief in the Yoruba language.
Activities at the Eagle Square was suspended for over one hour, while workers were leaving the venue in droves. Workers started throwing water cans to the officials when Police made attempts to drive them out of the podium.

However, Wabba read an address in which he urged the Federal Government to immediately constitute the tripartite committee for the negotiation of a new minimum wage for the Nigerian workers.

The NLC president added, “Workers also expected that either the President or the Vice-President should have been here because, as you can see, it was at the point when his speech was to be read that trouble started.

“It also points to the fact that workers are actually going through serious challenges. Many of them have not even earned their salaries for this month. Nigerian workers have been pushed to the wall.”

Wabba, who recalled that Organised Labour had sent a proposal to the Federal Government to increase the minimum wage from N18,000 to N56,000 in May last year, described the struggle for a new minimum wage as the most effective action against corruption in the civil service.
The Police force brought armoured cars to disperse the rampaging workers.

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Huawei: No Plans To Move Network Centre To India |The Republican News

ChinesE technology firm, Huawei, has denied allegations by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) that it plans to outcource the Network Operating Centres (NOCs) it runs on behalf of the carriers in the country.

`NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, had during the unveiling of the union’s struggles for this year, accused Huawei of planning to shut down its NOCs operations in the country and outsource its management to Indians.

He said Huawei, a telecoms giant was responsible for managing about 75 per cent of NOCs for Etsalat, Airtel, part of Glo and part of MTN in Nigeria. ”They have also commenced the knowledge transfer from Nigerian engineers to their Indian counterparts, preparatory to moving their operations to India,” the NLC chief had said.

But in email response Huawei said: “This allegation is not correct. First the business does not belong to Huawei. We work for the operators. So basically, Huawei has no control over where the business owners want to locate their business. Remember if the NOC is located outside of Nigeria, Huawei also automatically loses the business. If the owners of the business seek Huawei advice, of course as we want to retain the business, then we would guide them accordingly. Lastly, the business is a contract, with duration, so any vendor can rebid and win.”

The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) attached a letter detailing its response to a letter of complaint earlier received from the NLC on the issue.

“Further to your letter dated December 20, 2016 and referenced NLC/NS/A7118 on the above matter, we hereby state that the allegations contained in the complaint are false, baseless and calculated to mislead the unions and we respond as follows:

“Our company is always dedicated to the development of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry in Nigeria. In addition, as a company established in Nigeria, we create a lot of work opportunities for Nigerians.

“We do not have any plan to move Network Operating Centre from Nigeria to India or any other counties as alleged in the said letter. We will continue to try our best to create more work opportunities for Nigerians and help the economic development of Nigeria.

“And secondly, our company has always operated and will continue to operate in accordance with all the relevant local laws and legislation guiding our operation in Nigeria. We will not conduct actions prohibited by Nigerian laws. That is the basic operation principle of our company in Nigeria,” the letter read.  (The Nation)

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